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    Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste NG- Winner of Goodreads Readers Challenge Award for 2017

    Who is a good mother? The answer to this question is surely a complex one, actually with no definite answer. Exploring one such complex relationship between a mother and daughter is Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste NG. What an apt title indeed for a novel that explores the intricacies of relationships. For often it is fear, insecurity and sorrow that burn a deep hole into it. At the core of the book is the story of a mother and daughter, and around this core are many other little stories inter-woven. Celeste NG is an American author whose first novel Everything I Never Told You was the Amazon book of the…

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    Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine- By Gail Honeyman

    “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine”. Well, yes this is the title of the book that I recently read. Often, it is these quirky titles that drag me to a book, and I end up reading them. But with regards to this particular one, there were other reasons as well. There were great reviews of it online, it won a handful of awards in 2017, and I loved the fact that this was an achievement of a debutant author- Gail Honeyman. It was shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize as a work in progress. It won the Costa First Novel Award and was chosen as one of the Observer’s Debuts…

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    Literature+Fiction,  Weekend Picks

    Weekend Read Recommendation: The Village By The Sea by Anita Desai

    I often pick short novels for the weekend. However this time around, my recommendation is going to be one with a several hundred pages. I consider this a beautiful piece of literature, just for the vivid descriptions it holds within its pages. This is a book that you would live through, and is best enjoyed in an uninterrupted reading session. A brilliant storyline, full on character and a stunning prose- that’s “The Village by the Sea” by Anita Desai for you! Anita Desai is known for her simplistic style of writing. Her stories are straight from the heart and appeal to readers across different age groups. The Village by the Sea,…

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    Small Towns, Big Stories By Ruskin Bond

    It’s almost the weekend and the best time to read a good book, cuddled in a warm blanket with a hot cup of coffee to go with it. Here is a book I picked up to kick start this year’s reading. Small Towns, Big Stories is a collection of twenty-one stories by Ruskin Bond. Stories with a similar theme, they speak of little hamlets, of the wilderness, of people and places. A few of these stories have been published earlier in various books. But well, it is the Bond factor, and re-reading them is always a pleasure! It’s the simplicity in his writing, well expressed thoughts, vivid descriptions on nature…

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    Book Review: Two by Gulzar

    “We were One people. One parted. Now we are Two.” It is another story of the partition of India. Yet, this book is different from the rest. It is Gulzar’s voice. He speaks about partition, the people displaced, and their struggles to understand how a mere carving of a line could actually divide one nation into two- Hindustan and Pakistan. Originally written in Urdu, Two is a translation of the same by Gulzar himself. It is a short and crisp novella. Yet it manages to capture the right essence of the story that’s being told. And in Gulzar’s own words, “The length is immaterial; It is what I needed to…

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    Tell Tale- By Jeffrey Archer

    Jeffrey Archer seems to have finally completed his Clifton Chronicle Series, and is out with his latest volume of short stories. Tell Tale, is a fascinating collection of 14 stories, of people from across eras and far-fetched places. Having read Quiver Full of Arrows, his earlier story collection, I was eager to pick up his short stories again. And, I must say, I wasn’t disappointed in any way. From Naples to Damascus, it is a journey, filled with a variety of characters. The hapless young detective and his brush with a mysterious murder, to the woman who dared to challenge the men at her Ivy League University, the pretentious school…